Happy New Year from the RE100 team! This year will see us expanding our global impact, reaching into more geographies and sectors than ever before, and continuing to showcase the powerful business opportunity from sourcing 100% renewable electricity. In this newsletter, we welcome new companies, celebrate progress, and look ahead to upcoming webinars and events.
New RE100 members
Businesses ask for raised ambition at COP24
RE100 members such as BT Group, Carlsberg Group, IKEA Group, Mars, Inc. and Unilever participated at COP24 in Poland, showing business ambition for bold climate action as national governments negotiated a robust rulebook for the Paris Agreement - with a better-than-expected outcome.
Welcome changes to Japanese renewables claims
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced that non-fossil certificates, provided along with tracking information, will now be recognized as derived from renewable energy and therefore eligible for RE100 claims. Read more here.
Sourcing renewables in Central & Eastern Europe?
We are collaborating with The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group to produce a report on advancing the clean energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe. If you are interested in contributing by sharing your experience of operating in this region, please contact Annabelle Roblin as soon as possible. Report launch due in March 2019.
Upcoming webinar: engaging your supply chain
On January 30, we are presenting a webinar with WWF on strategies for supply chain engagement on renewable energy. IKEA Group and BT Group will share their experiences on getting internal buy-in and engaging suppliers. This is the first of four joint webinars. Register here.
Anheuser-Busch InBev signed the largest unsubsidized solar PPA in the UK on record, enabling all Budweiser sold in the country to be brewed with 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
Bank of America will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the first commercial wind-solar hybrid project in the US, covering its electricity usage in Minnesota state. DSM has tripled the size of its Belvidere solar field, making it the largest in New Jersey. Read the recent blog on how DSM is stepping up on renewables. IKEA Group raised ambition with a new announcement for COP24, including a goal of reducing emissions from production by 80% compared to 2016. Infosys announced it will be 100% powered by renewable electricity by 2020.
To find out about our events and webinars, go to www.there100.org/events.